Another quiet week at St Joseph’s. The Principal’s award this week is for Kindness. It is great to see the students making sure their buddies are OK and showing kindness in what is still an unsettling time for some students. We encourage all families to check in with their child’s teacher if they are at all concerned about how their child/ren have settled back into the classroom routine. Our student welfare officer Lucinda Clay has been touching base with our families on a Monday, and is always happy to assist the students if they have any areas of concern. Our school counsellor Melissa Bailey is also available for our students to access.
Have a great week.
Deepen in our hearts our love of Mary Help of Christians.
Through her prayers and under her protection, may the light of Christ shine over our land.
May Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace.
Grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens.
Bless especially the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord - Amen.
Mary Help of Christians. Pray for us.
On Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. This day commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven and occurs 40 days after Easter. The Ascension marks the end of the Easter season, and Pentecost follows ten days later.
May 24th is also the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. Mary Help of Christians has been the official patroness of Australia since 1844 and is also the patron saint of the Military Ordinariate. This year, as the feast day coincides with the Feast of the Ascension, it can be celebrated on May 25th.
As the COVID -19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, the Catholic bishops decided in a recent Plenary meeting, to entrust the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day.
The motion read: “That the Australian Bishops entrust Australia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians, seeking her intercession for the safety of all our people especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.” (Catholic Weekly)
May we continue to pray for the safety of our families, friends, community and country during this pandemic, and thank God for the many blessings in our lives. You might like to share the following prayer with your family during the week.
- Liz Murray
This week in Maths K/1 enjoyed being ’construction workers’ by matching the correct stones to the number trucks. Each stone represented the numbers in different ways such as tally marks, word form, picture, ten frame, MAB blocks. Students also practised skip counting along the number line.
Thank you to all the students who completed a ‘prayer square’ during your Remote Learning lessons.
Mud hut We decided to build a hut that was insulated and waterproof. We started off with a teepee frame laid with sticks and ferns. Then we covered it up with dirt and sand and we added water to make the mud. After that we went and stripped the bark of the tree and we covered it all over with the bark. Finally we added gum leaves on the ground for comfort and some flowers and a wreath to make it look pretty.
By Eliza, Ted and Gypsy
The Home of the Goanna
Built by: Ainz & Tilly
Made of: Foilage, Timber, Bark, Half a Stump and a few flowers
Description: With all natural products, The Home of the Goanna is a small creatures hut but it has a lot of little features. Aboriginal people used a larger model of this type of shelter to protect them and their animals from mother nature and the dangers of the wild.
The original plan was to build a rock hut, but we had to amend our plan to be able to have a hut that would last the weather. So we redesigned our plan to the final product. We had so much fun designing and buliding the hut and we are very satisfied with the final product.
Our Aboriginal Gunya
After coming back from remote learning we were all keen for our integrated studies. We learnt
about Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. Harry, Charlie and Hugh started construction on an Aboriginal
Gunya (shelter). We finished on Friday last week. We tried making the Gunya waterproof and with
rain on the way, we were excited. The shelter stood and inside it was dry. It was made out of bark
branches pine needles stumps and bailing twine.
The walls are made out of branches bark mud and pine needles and had insulation on the inside. We had lots of fun building it together. By Hugh, Charlie and Harry
This is how we built our hut:
string, bark, leaves, ferns, mud, sticks (really strong and straight)
1. make a triangle with two sticks with a bit of string to tie them together x 2.
2. place a straight stick across the top of the top and the sides.
3. place bark on the sides of the hut., 4. place leaves to fill the gaps.
5. put ferns on the outside to keep the water out.
6. put mud around the bottom of the hut to keep it warm.
7. tie string to the top of the triangle to the ground to keep it standing
By Archie, Tom and Jack
Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas
This year, Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford has been chosen for the National Simultaneous Storytime to be held on Wednesday 27th May.
To celebrate this bright, sparkly book, students are invited to come to school dressed up as divas, chickens, or any bright colours.
Please note if makeup is brought to school it cannot be shared between students.
We will have a variety of fun activities for students to participate in throughout the day.
Enrolment forms are available for children attending Kindergarten in 2021. These forms are available online or at our school. There is an option to fill enrolment forms out online and it will be sent through to the school. Please follow the attached link.
If you would like an enrolment packs sent home, please contact the office.
We would still like to celebrate birthdays during COVID-19, during this time we ask that cupcakes are sent in just for the class your child is in. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
The impact of drought and bushfires swiftly followed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is challenging the way we live our lives and interact with family, friends and colleagues. This is the first time in human history that we have collectively come to a stop. From this time of crisis, challenge and reflection can come new ways of thinking and living.
Support for people affected by fire and drought
With thanks to generous donations, Quest for Life can assist people deeply affected by the impact of fire and drought by offering subsidised places on our Moving Beyond Trauma (18-20 May) and Your Life Matters (25-27 May) programs.